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Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall

Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Obrenovac First Elementary School is the first established school in Belgrade, almost 200 years old. During the two centuries pupils of this school had no adequate indoor space for physical education and sports activities. 

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

As Obrenovac Municipality is close to the river Sava banks, it is under the influence of the underground water. This was the crucial technical problem which had to be resolved from the first preliminary design phase. Through design process, the solution for these challenges has been successfully found by designing the waterproof concrete hull, 5 meters deep in the ground, just few centimeters over the highest underground water level. This concept provided some kind of waterproof box, as boat sink, for all premises inside.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 19, 2015 10:57 AM

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Rotterdam’s Floating Pavilion by Deltasync and PublicDomain Architects is the first pilot project for a sustainable floating district.


In an effort to address the challenges of climate change and sea level rise, the City of Rotterdam has started to build some intriguing floating structures. The first pilot project is a catalyst for climate change-proof architecture called the Floating Pavilion that consists of three connected hemispheres that look like bubbles anchored within the Dutch city’s old harbor.

An initiative of Rotterdam Climate Proof (part of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative), the mixed-use pavilion was designed by Deltasync and Public Domain Architects, and it sets an unprecedented example for innovative, sustainable and climate-proof architecture.

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bancoideas's curator insight, January 3, 2013 1:34 PM

Que no se diga que no se puede

François Lanthier's curator insight, January 3, 2013 4:16 PM

Quel projet créatif!

ElenaArcausdeLabadie's comment, January 9, 2013 7:16 PM
Impresionante proyecto, qué tecnología constructiva!
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Stunning wood-clad house in Chile...

Stunning wood-clad house in Chile... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Metamorphosis 1 is the remodel of a home in Chile by architects Jose Ulloa Davet + Delphine Ding. The project is organized according to a helical path which, through the extension of an existing deck and the overhang of the new room, allows the user to go up to two new panoramic terraces on the house.

The skin on the project is designed as an autonomous unit, through modulated square openings with measures based on a 30 centimeters module and a skin with a changing rhythm. New areas of the house blend into the existing through the ventilated timber skin, whose function is to avoid accumulations of water and moisture in the structure wall...

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The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion: a symbol of innovation in design & sustainability

The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion: a symbol of innovation in design & sustainability | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

BMW Pavilion represents a significant architectural addition to the Olympic Park, showing a range of the company’s latest vehicles against the backdrop of the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.

 

Tim Abbott, Managing Director, BMW Group UK comments: “The role of the Pavilion is two-fold – to explain the support we’re providing as the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to provide a powerful visual symbol of our commitment to the highest standards of innovation in design and sustainability. We look forward to welcoming visitors and guests to the BMW Group Pavilion throughout the Games.”

Water plays a central role in the Pavilion’s design. The Waterworks River provides the water, which is filtered and used to cool the building as it flows down the walls, before being returned to the river. The upper floor is surrounded by water, reflecting views of the Olympic Park and each of the rooftop pavilions has a distinctive, light roof and slender, straight columns, designed to complement other Olympic Park structures including the Velodrome.

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Ready, set, float: Amphibious House gets go-ahead in U.K.

Ready, set, float: Amphibious House gets go-ahead in U.K. | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Designed for when climate change rears its ugly head and those lovely views of the Thames become threatening, the Amphibious House rises from its foundations and floats when overcome with floodwaters.

London-based Baca Architects — an architectural firm that’s worked on projects in two particularly flood-prone areas, The Netherlands and New Orleans — has received permission by the Environment Agency to construct the U.K’s very first amphibious home on a small island situated on the River Thames in historic Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Designed to, as World Architecture News puts it, “respond to the uncertainties of future climate change,” the three-bedroom, timber-framed contemporary home measuring 2,400-square feet is an intriguing work of green home design — features include high levels of insulation and high-performance glazed windows — never mind the fact that when the Thames, located just 30-odd feet away, runneth over, the residence transforms into a free-floating pontoon, rising up to nine feet from its fixed foundations and floating atop the floodwaters...

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Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center / Meyers + Associates

Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center / Meyers + Associates | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the heart of Westerville, Ohio, the Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center is a complete replacement of an existing 30-year-old facility.

The sustainable design strategy utilizes rain water management, green roofs, rain gardens, natural building ventilation, LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, recycled / renewable building materials, bioswales and pervious concrete parking. The project is designed to fit within its natural environment. The use of wood, stone & rock, and natural water features with intuitive landscaping elements not only create a natural backdrop for the pool amenities, but also blend the project into its surroundings.

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Cascading Creek House By Bercy Chen Studio

Cascading Creek House By Bercy Chen Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Built in the Texas Hill Country, the Cascading Creek House, designed by the Bercy Chen Studio, combines sustainability with modern technology and design.

The house was built with the landscape in mind and uses two long limestone walls — native to the area — that serve as the “spines” of the separate living wings. The public and private wings cantilever from a single column to allow for maximum daylight and views to the pool and grounds.

The house incorporates multiple methods to make it green including the roof collected rainwater, solar energy through photovoltaic and hot water panels, and a comprehensive climate conditioning system.

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Sammamish Library by Perkins+Will

Sammamish Library by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

To accommodate the growing city of Sammamish, the Sammamish Library relocated to a larger site to build a new facility within the Sammamish Commons. The new building is sited immediately to the south of the Civic Plaza edge. Large expanses of glazing and programmatic elements such as the meeting room, cyber bar and teen area overlook the plaza. A plaza seat wall and landscaped zone greet visitors.

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A Building That Breathes

A Building That Breathes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Triptyque’s building of artists’ studios suggests a wholly different approach to the ecofriendly apartment block.

The exterior concrete walls bloom with life, as plants are able to grow through a system of irrigation using recycled rainwater and groundwater. Not unlike Paris’s Pompidou Centre, the structure is, to a degree, turned inside out. Its veinlike water pipes become part of the architecture.

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Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) Photo Gallery

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) Photo Gallery | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is a state-of-the art environmental education center and water treatment facility.
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The Floating House by MOS Architects

The Floating House by MOS Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Floating House is the intersection of a vernacular house typology with the shifting site-specific conditions of this unique place: an island on Lake Huron. The location on the Great Lakes imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, as well as its relationship to site.

Annual cyclical change related to the change of seasons, compounded with escalating global environmental trends , cause Lake Huron’s water levels to vary drastically from month-to-month, year-to-year. To adapt to this constant, dynamic change, the house floats atop a structure of steel pontoons, allowing it to fluctuate along with the lake.

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scarlettarch's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:23 AM

simple elegant functional

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LEED Gold: Facebook Prineville Data Center seeks to be the world's most energy efficient building of its type

LEED Gold: Facebook Prineville Data Center seeks to be the world's most energy efficient building of its type | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When Facebook users post photos or status updates, data seemingly drifts into the “cloud,” which is actually a complex data center housing racks of servers using as much energy as a small town...


Defying this energy-draining typology, the Facebook Prineville Data Center in central Oregon has achieved LEED Gold status through advanced technologies, including an innovative mechanical equipment penthouse and evaporative cooling system, all while keeping data flowing and providing pleasant workspaces.

For Facebook, a company that prides itself on openness, the architects created a prominent building that harmonizes with its high desert landscape. The permeable yet secure perimeter is clad in warm-toned precast concrete panels, corrugated steel and layered glazing. “People spaces,” including conference rooms and workspaces, open onto an interior courtyard. In fact, every employee enjoys views and natural light from at least two directions.


To reach the status as one of the world’s most energy efficient data centers, not to mention rigorous LEED Gold requirements, the designers of the had to rethink every part of a data center’s building, mechanical, electrical, and computing systems and remove everything that didn’t directly benefit efficiency- learn more and view the complete gallery of images at ArchDaily...

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HOUS.E+ sustainable house by Polifactory

HOUS.E+ sustainable house by Polifactory | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

'Hous.E+ is designed to combine new and old techniques in order to create a not only a resourceful building regarding energy efficiency and sustainability but also well equipped to actively respond to future demands of smart grid systems where energy surplus is distributed and agriculture within the city is a reality.'

 

Sustainable rammed earth house by Polifactory that generates energy from a rooftop lake. Designed for a rural site in Vancouver, the self-sustaining HOUS.E+ would use turbines embedded in the walls to produce electricity from water being pumped through a system of pipes.

Additional electricity would come from photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of five blocks that rise above the water and any excess power could be fed back into the national grid.

Rooms would be set 2.5 metres below ground level, where they would be heated in winter and cooled in summer from an underground pump that uses the surrounding earth as a heat source or sink, and inhabitants would also be able to harvest their own food by cultivating an ecosystem of fish, seafood and plants beneath the surface of the water...

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At Coyote House, every day is an Earth Day

At Coyote House, every day is an Earth Day | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Coyote House: Architect Ken Radtkey and landscape architect Susan Van Atta build a new modern house in Montecito that is loaded with green features but also manages to be livable and beautiful.

 

With Earth Day 2012 almost upon us, nearly 60,000 homes in the United States are in the process of being certified in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Education and Environmental Design program, according to Nate Kredich, the organization's vice president of residential market development. Need more convincing proof of just how far we've come? Take a peek at the new home of architect Ken Radtkey and landscape architect Susan Van Atta...

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TBONE House by Coast Office Architecture

TBONE House by Coast Office Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

TBONE House built by Coast Office Architecture based in Stuttgart, Germany is a house that features Ecological Aspects such as Geothermal Heat Pump, Vertical Earth Connection Loop, Floor and Wall heating system, Cooling system through activation of thermal mass and the use of rainwater as valuable natural resource for water supply in the house and reduce water bills costs. The house has a very minimalist style thanks to large windows connecting the indoor and outdoor and a purity of lines.

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Ty-Hedfan House In The Welsh Hills

Ty-Hedfan House In The Welsh Hills | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by London-based architectural studio Featherstone Young, this home is eco-friendly, with solar panels, heat pumps and water recycling. Guests enjoy a large living room floating over the river, two riverside decks, and a vast kitchen and dining area. Overlooking a valley river near the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, the comfortable contemporary vacation home allows for a range of possibilities to spend time in the environment.

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SF's Transamerica Pyramid Achieves Green Building Milestone

SF's Transamerica Pyramid Achieves Green Building Milestone | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

San Francisco's iconic Transamerica Pyramid, a unique silhouette on the city skyline for almost 40 years, celebrates a green milestone.

The 48-story building, already the possessor of a LEED-Gold rating, now is certified at the highest level by the U.S. Green Building Council - Platinum.

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Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects

Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) were chosen by Roca in 2009 to create a versatile reference space capturing the essence of the brand and its values. It is also the latest in the series of Roca Galleries globally, which include the Roca Barcelona Gallery, the Roca Madrid Gallery and the Roca Lisbon Gallery.

The Roca London Gallery expresses Roca’s commitment to innovative design, sustainability and wellbeing through an architecture that offers visitors a unique experience which is both visually and interactively engaging. Taking its inspirational cue from the idea of a space created by water in its various different states, ZHA’s bespoke design defines a flowing and porous space for the 1100m2 Roca London Gallery.

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Brooks Avenue House by Bricault Design

Brooks Avenue House by Bricault Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The solution for the expansion of this Venice, CA house was to maintain and remodel the existing 2000 square foot home, while creating a 1700 square foot addition and courtyard on the rear lane side. With an ideal climate for much of the year, a primary design driver was to create a seamless connection between inside and outside, while eliminating the need for air conditioning To this end, a central sculptural staircase links the ground floor with the rooftop deck, while doubling as a chimney to draw cooling breezes through the house...

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